Barry J. Hugman is a sports author/statistician who was born in Hampstead Garden Suburb in 1941 and educated at Clarks College, Finchley. Having spent ten years concentrating on a business career he decided to produce what was called at the time the biggest job in football statistics–collating and presenting the records of all men who had played in the English Leagues since 1946. He has since gone on to publish many other works, a large number of which are recognised by the authorities as definitive sources in their field.
He also helped to devise and set up the British Boxing Board of Control British Boxing Awards, which took off in 1984, and launched the Boxing Monthly magazine in 1989. Nominated for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, in 2011 he received the British Boxing Board of Control Exceptional Award for services to the sport of British professional boxing.